January 21, 2022

Conference Paper: “One Year of the OpenCitations Corpus: Releasing RDF-Based Scholarly Citation Data into the Public Domain”

The following paper was presented at The 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2017).


One Year of the OpenCitations Corpus: Releasing RDF-Based Scholarly Citation Data into the Public Domain (Preprint)


Silvio Peroni
University of Bologna

David Shotton
University of Oxford

Fabio Vitali
University of Bologna


Accepted Papers: 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2017)


Reference lists from academic articles are core elements of scholarly communication that permit the attribution of credit and integrate our independent research endeavours. Hitherto, however, they have not been freely available in an appropriate machine-readable format such as RDF and in aggregate for use by scholars. To address this issue, one year ago we started ingesting citation data from the Open Access literature into the OpenCitations Corpus (OCC), creating an RDF dataset of scholarly citation data that is open to all. In this paper we introduce the OCC and we discuss its outcomes and uses after the first year of life.

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8 pages; PDF.

Note: Final version available in conference proceedings published by Springer.

See Also: Conference Presentation: “Unlocking References From the Literature: The Initiative for Open Citations” (October 27, 2017)

See Also: Exciting and Impressive! Three Months After Launch the Initiative for Open Citations Adds 16 More Publishers and New Stakeholders (July 11, 2017)

See Also: 29 Academic Publishers, Wikimedia Foundation, DataCite, and MANY Others Launch “Initiative for Open Citations” (I4OC) (April 4, 2017)

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